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The British Freediving Association (BFA) is the UK governing body of the international freediving organization AIDA. We promote recreational and competitive freediving, ratify freediving records, and sponsor events for our members. The BFA also supports a growing network of affiliated freediving clubs throughout the UK.

Latest British Freediving News

Bristol Blue Girls Winners

Bristol's first International freediving competition a success

Bristol hosted its first international freediving competition on Sunday 27 November with 30 competitors diving for prizes in static apnea, dynamic and dynamic without fins. Alice Hickson won the overall competition for the ladies, and Adam Drzazga for the men. The ‘best newbie’ award was won by Dave McGowan for the men and Kate Leney for the ladies.

Eoin Clarke set a new Irish National Record for his 134m DNF swim, increasing his previous record distance by 17 metres. He said “I’m proud to have been able to represent Ireland and I hope this will encourage more Irish swimmers"... read more...

Picture Credit: Neil Wood, Bristol Freedivers

Dean Chaouche 78m CNF National Record

National Record #2 for Dean Chaouche 78m CNF dive set at Blue Element, Dominica

Dean Chaouche claimed his second British record in Constant Weight No Fins (CNF) diving to a depth of 78m at the inaugural Blue Element International freediving competition, adding 4m to his previous record of 74m, set at Vertical Blue in the Bahamas on 22 April this year.

Many believe CNF to be the purest freediving discipline; the athlete relying on strength and technique, may only use his arms and legs to propel himself through the water, in a style of breaststroke, down a weighted guideline and back.


Picture Credit: Daan Verhoeven (www.daanverhoeven.com)

Harry Chamas Variable Weight National Record

British freediver Harry Chamas has set a new National Record of 105m depth in variable weight

British freediver Harry Chamas has set a new National Record of 105m depth in variable weight in Kalamata, Greece. On Friday 14 October, Harry took a weighted sled down past 100m to reach his target, before swimming all the way back to the surface. This exceeds the previous variable weight record of 80m, held by Mark Harris since 2007.

Harry started freediving in Australia seven years ago and this year became a staff instructor at the Freediving Club in Greece, which has allowed him regular access to the sea. He was head of safety at the recent AIDA World Championships held in Kalamata. However, he’s not always had access to such depths. Harry says “most of my time I have not had access to depth below 30m, but it was all I needed to learn how to put myself into deep states of .... read more...

Picture Credit: By Denys Rylov (Den GC) at (http://Dengc.photos)

Bristol Blue - Bristol Freedivers have announced their first ever pool competition!

Bristol Freedivers have announced their first ever pool competition!

This AIDA event will take place in Bristol at Horfield Leisure Centre on Sunday, 27th November 2016 and will consist of 2 disciplines:

STATIC in the morning
Choice of DYNAMIC with or without fins in the afternoon.

For this competition, to calculate the overall winners, the scores for DNF will multiplied by 1.3 to make the performance between DYN and DNF comparable.

It should be a great opportunity for seasoned athletes to get official AIDA ranking points and for newer freedivers to try what competitive freediving is all about. For more details and registration form please visit www.bristolfreedivers.co.uk/competition

The UK Team for the 2016 AIDA Team World Championship

The UK Team for the 2016 AIDA Team World Championship

The BFA are delighted to introduce the UK Team for the 2016 AIDA Team World Championship in Kalamata (www.aidaworldchampionships.com), which will run from 17th to 25th September, in Kalamata, Greece.

The team comprises of 6 athletes: Georgina Miller, Beci Ryan, Carl Atkinson, Adam Drzazga, Tim Money and Adam Mustoe.

Athletes will compete in 3 disciplines, Static, Dynamic (both pool) and Constant Weight (depth) to achieve best possible combined point score.

All of our athletes are self-funded, and we are pleased to announce some fantastic sponsors Elios - specialist wetsuits, Divesangha - clothing for people who love the ocean, Salt Free - freediving in the UK and Orbiloc - the safety light, read more...


2016 BFA Team Sponsors





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